Many people are unaware that more than 21 million American homes are supplied with water from private wells. If you’re looking to buy a home and you come across a property that supplied with water from a private well, you need to check that it can provide adequate amounts of clean water. In these cases, it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to test and treat their own water supply and maintain their well. Before you purchase a home supplied with water from a private well here are three questions that you need to ask.

  1. What are the Standards and Codes?

Every community will have a certain set of standards and codes for private well in that area. Make sure you ask the seller for the original construction documentation for your home, and this should include the well log and maintenance records. Once you have that access to that information, you can check if the water is already up to the required standard or whether you will need to make some modifications. The well log will tell you how old the well is and how long it has been used to supply water. The maintenance records will show you how when any water quality tested was carried out and how often the well has been serviced. This is useful to know, if you purchase the property, it’s recommended that you schedule annual testing for your private well.

  1. Where is the Private Well Located?

It’s essential that you know where the private well is located on the property that you’re interested in buying. Take a look around the well area to make sure that any runoff will not be able to fill the soil in the surrounding garden. There are critical minimum standards that must be met in regard to the position of the well in relation to any possible contamination sources. A water treatment professional should carry out a visual inspection of the well itself. This will identify any cracks or holes in the well that could allow contamination to enter the water supply. There should be a well cap in place, it needs to be watertight, and there should be no gaps that would allow vermin to enter the well. Also, ask the current property owner about any protective coatings that have been added to the well.

  1. Can You Test the Fixtures?

When you purchase a home with a private well, it’s important to check that the fixtures and components are all working as intended. The water pressure tank should be tested to make sure that it can supply an adequate amount of water pressure. The water tank should be inspected to make sure that there is no corrosion or any cracks that have formed. Any additional water filtration or water softening systems should be checked to make sure that they still work. In certain instances, the seller may agree to lower their price to compensate the buyer for any work that needs to be carried out. Many people carry out testing and essential maintenance on their new private well soon after the home has been purchased to be on the safe side.

If you want to know more, consult a local certified water treatment specialist, and they can offer you expert help and advice.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.